The Different Insulation Materials

As it gets colder and colder, staying warm becomes a larger priority. One untapped source for adding heat to your home is to look at your homes insulation. Insulation is a home’s hidden treasure for all of the benefits that it can provide! One of those benefits is that it can help keep your home warmer in the winter, but it does not just stop there! It can also provide some soundproofing properties and keep your home cooler in the summer months. The amount of benefits and the types,is largely dependent on the type of insulation that is used. Our contractors from our roofing companies Omaha go over the most popular insulation types below.

Fiberglass insulation
Fiberglass insulation is one that most homeowners are familiar with because it is a very popular material used in residential homes. It is primarily considered a thermal insulator because it traps pockets of air and slows the spread of heat and cold throughout a home. When fiberglass is installed properly, it can reduce energy costs by up to 40 percent! It is also a popular home insulation choice because it is fire resistant and will not cause any house fires.

However, fiberglass insulation does have its cons. While it is a very efficient material, it is not the most efficient that homeowners can choose. It also poses hazards to installers and homeowners who try to move it on their own or perform maintenance on it. When fiberglass is shook out or disturbed it releases particles into the air that can be dangerous to inhale or it might get stuck to skin. Our contractors from our roofing companies Omaha say that fiberglass should only be handled by professionals.

Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is one of the best insulators at increasing a homes energy efficiency. This is because it is a liquid of chemicals that quickly expands into a hardening foam that coats an entire surface. It provides an airtight seal,resists heat transfer and is a great moisture barrier.

Spray foam insulation has a lot of benefits, but it has to be properly installed in order to provide those benefits. This type of insulation can be tricky to master and deal with and should definitely not be used by DIYers. Spray foam insulation should be left to the professionals otherwise it could cause problems for your home and it definitely will not be the insulator that you want it to be.

Cellulose Insulation
Cellulose insulation is not the color green, but it is a green material! 80 percent of it is made from post-consumer recycled newspaper. It is a nice dense material, and our contractors from our roofing companies Omaha love that it can easily fill up the space in cavities. When insulating spaces like a home’s attic, there are a lot of other objects the insulation has to work around that it might have difficulty fitting in– cellulose insulation does not have this issue.

However it is not very moisture resistant, which can decrease its value as an insulator. It also makes it more susceptible to mold growth. So while it is the green choice, it might not always be the right choice for residential homes.

Any type of insulation needs to be inspected to make sure that it is doing its job right. We offer free inspections and can look at your insulation to make sure it is up to snuff. Give our office a call or fill out the form below to learn more!

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